Plea to end taxi violence

2019-04-09 06:00

Hout Bay Civic Association (HBCA) has called for an end to the Hout Bay taxi warfare.

They asked the City of Cape Town and Provincial Government to mediate and legitimise the illegal Hout Bay to Cape Town taxi route.

HBCA further calls on the Taxi Associations at war to end the violence and resolve their differences around the table.

Since the start of the violence, last week, it is alleged that four people have been killed. The violence is believed to be related to ongoing disputes between two associations affiliated with the two Cape mother-bodies, Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association (CATA) and Congress of Democratic Taxi Association (CODETA).

Hout Bay police spokesperson Warrant Officer Tanya Lesch says four people were killed in a shooting incident and all leads are being investigate that could lead to arrests. She added the situation is being monitored by police and other law enforcement agencies.

Rosco Jacobs, chairperson of the civic association says the month of April is the month in South Africa which people celebrate freedom yet their freedom of movement as poor and working class is under threat. “For 25 year into democracy this cannot be tolerated. One death due to taxi violence is one too many,” he says.

“The ward councillor must call a meeting to outline the plan of the City to address and resolve the ongoing taxi violence in Hout Bay, we don’t need a social media councillor but one that engages the community in public meetings. He must bring the MEC of Transport Donald Grant, to Hout Bay as we need a bold government that acts in the interest of the people.”

Siphesihle Dube, spokesperson for the minister of transport and public works, said they condemn the violence in the strongest terms and will be assisting police in their investigations in the hope of bringing the criminals responsible to justice.

“Following a spate of fatal shootings believed to be taxi industry related, transport and law enforcement authorities convened an urgent meeting where a commitment was made to intensify enforcement activities in the affected area while the situation remains tense. The committee comprises the Department of Transport and Public Works officials as well as Provincial Traffic, City of Cape Town law enforcement agencies, the NPA, and the police,” he says.

He added that illegal operations in the area date back a few years, resulting in sporadic clashes between the two associations.

None of the taxi associations could be reached for comment. A peaceful walk against violence is planned for Saturday 13 April starting at Imizamo Yethu Circle at 09.30.

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